In 2016 legislation was passed establishing a presidential nomination primary. Common questions about the presidential primary are answered below.
It will take place on the first Tuesday in March of a presidential election year, unless the major party chairs agree on a different date by March 1 of the previous year.
No, only major parties will participate.
No, each major party will have a separate ballot.
The chair of each party will submit a list of candidates for the party’s ballot no later than 63 days before the date of the presidential primary.
Once a party’s list is submitted, changes will not be made to candidates that will appear on the ballot.
Only if it is requested by the party chair. Party chairs will need to submit names of write-in candidates to be counted seven days before the primary.
No, only presidential candidates from a major party will appear on the presidential primary ballot. Other offices with a primary will be on the primary ballot in August.
Registered voters will be able to vote at their polling place on presidential primary day or by absentee up to 46 days before presidential primary day. A voter must state which party's ballot they want and will be given a ballot containing only that party's candidates. If you refuse to select a party, you will not be able to vote in the presidential nomination primary.
Yes, a voter’s choice of party ballot will be recorded and will be public information. How a voter voted on the ballot will be secret.
The presidential primary results must bind the election of delegates in each party.
County and municipalities will be reimbursed by the state for the primary costs.
Yes, precinct caucuses and local and state nominating conventions will still take place to conduct other party business.
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